The Second Eastern Partnership Youth Forum took place in Riga, Latvia, between 10 and 11 February 2015. The event was organised by the Agency of International Programs for Youth within the Latvian National Agency of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme, in cooperation with the European Commission, the Latvian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Education and Science and other stakeholders in the context of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Forum involved about 200 young people, youth workers, researchers and policy makers from both Eastern Partnership and Erasmus+ Programme countries.

The event objective was to exchange innovative ideas and explore how various mobility and partnership programmes and work with policymakers can increase the employability and employment of young people. The aim was also to foster sharing of good practices between participants in the field of cross-sectorial cooperation; to allow for a critical analysis of the above mentioned good practices and explore ways to adapt them to different realities; to map challenges the various sectors face and discuss how cross-sectorial cooperation can foster the employability of young people; to emphasise the impact of youth work and its relevance for the labour market; to raise awareness for quality demands for mobility programmes supporting employability of young people; to work on policy recommendations to improve youth employability/employment. The recommendations and conclusions will be presented at the Eastern Partnership Summit that will take place in Riga on 21 and 22 May 2015.

The Second Eastern Partnership Youth Forum took place in Riga, Latvia, between 10 and 11 February 2015. The event was organised by the Agency of International Programs for Youth within the Latvian National Agency of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme, in cooperation with the European Commission, the Latvian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Education and Science and other stakeholders in the context of Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The Forum involved about 200 young people, youth workers, researchers and policy makers from both Eastern Partnership and Erasmus+ Programme countries.

The event objective was to exchange innovative ideas and explore how various mobility and partnership programmes and work with policymakers can increase the employability and employment of young people. The aim was also to foster sharing of good practices between participants in the field of cross-sectorial cooperation; to allow for a critical analysis of the above mentioned good practices and explore ways to adapt them to different realities; to map challenges the various sectors face and discuss how cross-sectorial cooperation can foster the employability of young people; to emphasise the impact of youth work and its relevance for the labour market; to raise awareness for quality demands for mobility programmes supporting employability of young people; to work on policy recommendations to improve youth employability/employment. The recommendations and conclusions will be presented at the Eastern Partnership Summit that will take place in Riga on 21 and 22 May 2015.